Elsie Conference: Celebrating 50 years of women's refuges in Australia

Support women to attend the Elsie Conference – to acknowledge history, to envision the future, and to celebrate 50 years of refuges. 

On 16 March 1974 a group of Sydney feminists, many of them university students, broke into two unoccupied houses in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Glebe changed the locks, declared squatters’ rights and thus opened Australia’s first modern women’s refuge - Elsie. Women around Australia took note - by the end of 1975, there were 13 women’s refuges. Today there are around 800.

The Elsie Conference in 2024 acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the first women’s refuge. The UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion and Professor Anne Summers seek to celebrate the history and achievements of the women’s refuge/shelter movement and take a hard look at what needs to change to accommodate the rise in new forms of domestic violence. 

Your donation will support those around Australia who aid those experiencing domestic violence, by subsidising tickets and travel to attend the conference and funding the conference-recommended activities and research into domestic and family violence - including the work of Professor Anne Summers at the UTS Business School.

 
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